18th Dec 2015
Colour Be Happy
Alicia Clarke says colouring helped her cope with anxiety issues and is now urging others to find creative ways to improve their mental health.
The 23-year-old from Omagh is suggesting people use similar techniques, such as doodling, to help focus their minds during periods of stress.
‘I seemed to worry about and overthink everything,’ explains Alicia.
‘Colouring was the one thing I enjoyed and that I was good at. It became a way for me to clear my mind and relax.
‘I concentrate on the picture and it gives me a sense of achievement when I complete it.
'Even if I am not particularly anxious, it releases minor stresses of the day and stops anxiety building up.
'I want others to try it to see if this is a method they could use.
‘If not then I hope to encourage them to find something which has the same impact on their lives.’
With Fixers, Alicia has helped create a book that offers young people the opportunity to use their own creative skills.
It includes images for colouring and blank spaces for sketches and doodling.
To take a look at Alicia’s Fixers book, ‘Colour Be Happy’, click on the image below.
‘I think everyone experiences anxiety to some extent, whether a minor stress or a diagnosed mental health problem,’ she comments.
‘Drawing might be just what someone needs to counter that.’
Alicia hopes her book will help anyone who could benefit from a calming influence, including students taking exams.
‘I want people to see it and grasp its message,’ she says.
‘In my opinion, having relaxation time where you can do something which you enjoy helps reduce anxiety.
‘Everyone can benefit from doing something that they love.’
To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.